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Hanna Williamson, BC

Ottawa , Ontario , CANADA

01. How old were you when you started playing your instrument?/ Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
I was six years old.

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My mom started group violin lessons for fun when I was four. I liked hearing her practice and thought I'd give it a go myself.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope to work as an orchestral musician and violin teacher.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
There's life outside music?! :) I enjoy going for walks, drawing people, swimming, and reading.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
At the moment, Oistrakh wins favourite performer. If I had to pick a composer, I'd say Bach.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Gabriel's Oboe (Ennio Morricone)

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Whichever concerto I'm learning at the moment.

09. For returning members: What is your fondest memory from a previous session and/or tour?/ Pour participants vétérans : Quels sont vos souvenirs préférés de la session ou tournée précédente de l’ONJC ?
The outdoor concert at Statford-on-Avon in 2012 was a hoot!! We were deafened by a cohort of official military cannons in the 1812 Overture and blinded by a swarm of light-hungry insects from the nearby river. We found squashed bugs in our orchestra folders for days afterwards... and in our clothes, and in our hair.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I love the music, and I love sharing it with other people by teaching and performing together.

11. What do you think is the biggest challenge you face in your pursuit of a career in music?/ Quel est le plus grand obstacle à surmonter afin de poursuivre une carrière en musique ?
Music is such a competitive field that it's difficult not to feel discouraged. You're constantly being compared with your friends and fellow students. Rather than constantly comparing myself to others and placing my identity in achievements, I want to just keep learning and loving what I do. I hope that I can put in more than what I think is my best effort, always keep practicing, and be wholeheartedly committed to whatever opportunities come my way.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I wanted to spend the summer practicing and playing in orchestra.

13. How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada?/ Comment bénéficierez-vous de votre participation dans le programme de NYO Canada?
I'm excited to learn new repertoire, get to know other young musicians, learn from the NYOC faculty, and do nothing but music 24/7!

14. Were you accepted to any other summer music programs this year?/ Avez-vous été accepté/e à tout autre programme musical estival cette année?
I didn't apply anywhere else.

15. If you weren’t touring with the NYO Canada, what would you be doing during the summer?/ Si vous n’étiez pas en tournée avec NYO Canada, que feriez-vous cet été?
If I wasn't participating in NYO, I would be working full-time at a local greenhouse in BC and busking in the evenings in front of my town's movie theatre.

16. What was the proudest moment of your music career thus far?/ Jusqu’ici, quel est le moment de votre carrière musicale qui vous a apporté le plus de fierté?
Being nominated by fellow students in my program last year at the Victoria Conservatory for the Jamie Syer Scholarship, which acknowledges peer support and leadership.

17. What scholarships, if any, have you been awarded in the past year?/ Quelles bourses, le cas échéant, avez-vous remporté au cours de la dernière année?
I received the Thériault-Brillon Violin Scholarship, Music Department Entrance Scholarship, and Armand and Margaret Weisbord Memorial Prize in Music when I entered this year at University of Ottawa.

18. What awards, if any, have you won in the past year?/ Quels prix, le cas échéant, avez-vous remporté au cours de la dernière année?
Last spring, I was awarded the Jamie Syer Collegium Scholarship and George Giles Award from the Victoria Conservatory of Music.